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Keith Law Smacks Down Comrade Lyle

The glorious exchange for your entertainment: Law: Very, very slight preference for Mills, because we already know what Mathis is, but Mills still could improve enough to have value. Comrade Lyle: @keithlaw Mathis is respected and valued only by every pitcher with whom he has worked. No analytics for that. Law: And is terrible at everything that matters. RT @LyleMSpencer: Mathis is respected and valued only by every pitcher with whom he has worked. Comrade Lyle: @keithlaw Mathis is respected and valued only by every pitcher with whom he has worked. No analytics for that. Law: That's good, since Mathis doesn't help anyone win anything. RT @LyleMSpencer: @keithlaw Winning doesn't matter. Comrade Lyle: @keithlaw Winning doesn't matter. Won 12 more than Napoli in exact number starts for four years together. Nap caught Lacker, Weaver more Law: @LyleMSpencer CERA was demonstrated at least ten years ago to have no utility in evaluating catchers. None. Comrade Lyle: Catching same staff, Mathis had CERA .88 -- almost a full run -- better than Napoli for four years. Won 59% of games he started. Law: @LyleMSpencer Besides, you said there were "no analytics" for what Mathis gives, then you quote CERA. Which is it? Comrade Lyle: Numbers guys hate Jeff Mathis. Teammates love him. I think Mathis will settle for that tradeoff.#angels Comrade Lyle: CERA is of definite value when evaluating catchers handling the same pitchers over a number of years. I don't care what your crowd says. Comrade Lyle: @keithlaw Love analytics. Still have my Bill James Baseball Abstracts from '80s. Neyer, Dewan, James have Mathis 1-2-2 among def. Cs. ------- Law then ignores the ramblings of a blathering idiot trained in the propaganda tactics of the Soviet Union and tweets about food. Seriously though, this exchange summarizes how ridiculous Comrade Lyle Spencer is.

Obligatory Brandon Wood article

Lyle Spencer finally gets around to saying everything this blog has been chatting about for the past three seasons, while we have moved on to debating whether Wood is the Angel most likely to grow a set of thick mutton chop Fat Elvis sideburns.

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